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"Big Corner" T 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
30 Seconds Over Potash T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
A Fistful of Potash T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Ananab S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Another Roadside Distraction T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Arc Angel S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Armageddon S 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
Astro Dad T 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
Astro Lad T,TR 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Baby Blue T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Bad Moki Roof T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Banana Peel S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Best Route Ever T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13
Beyer Offwidth T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Big Sky Mud Flaps S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Blowing Chunks T,S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13
Bolts to Bumpy Land S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Broken Engagements 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b A3
Brown Banana S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Brownie T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c X
Campground Crack T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Chaco-late Chunk S,TR 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
Chemistry T 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
ChrisCross TR 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b R
Coup D'etat T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Dark Horse S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Desp-Arete S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b PG13
Diplomatic Immunity T A3
Dr Strange Flake T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Dunn Copeland T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
East Of Wrath T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Eat the Rich T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
El Cracko Diablo T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
El Face-o Diablo S,TR 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Enigma Campground Route T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
Eyes of Falina T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Faith Flake T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
Fernando S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Fist Full of Potash Direct TR 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b X
Flakes of Bongo TR 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a X
Flakes of Wrath T,TR 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Flakes of Wrath Direct T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R
Frogs of a Feather T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Good, The Bad, and the Potash, The T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Grama and the Green Suede Shoes T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Gumby Gulley T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Half Pipe T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Hidden Message S,TR 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
High Over Datura S 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13
Holey Moley S 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Horizontal Mambo T,S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
I Love Loosey S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Jacob's Ladder S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b R
Jingus Launch T 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b X
Jug Roof T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Junk In The Trunk T 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Just Another Pretty Face S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
Knapping With The Alien S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Lacto Mangulation T,TR 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Last Tango in Potash T,S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Lip Balm Addict T,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13
Little Tufa's T,S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Lizard Skills S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Lucy in the Sky with Potash T 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Man After Midnight S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Mephistopheles T 5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c
Midnight Frightening T 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Mini Me T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Mini Skirt S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Mississippi High Step S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Mother Trucker T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Neopolitan S,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Nervous in Suburbia S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
No Fly Zone T,S 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
Pedigree Poodles T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Pinhead T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Points West T,S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Potash Bong Hit T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Potash Sanction T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Potstash S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Pounding the Frog S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Practical Religion S 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Puppy Love T,S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Rain Catcher T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Ralph the Rat S 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Rhino Might S 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Right Side In T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Ring Pin T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Room With A View T A2+
Room With A View (free) S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b PG13
Sand and Steel T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
School Room Slabs TR 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Seam As It Ever Was T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Seamed like a good idea T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13
Seibernetics T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Shadowfax S 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c R
She-la the Peeler S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Shoot Up or Shut Up T,S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Skeletonic T,S 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13
Slab Route S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Smoke Filled Rooms T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Snakes Slab S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Something Nasty T 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Static Cling T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Steel Your Face S 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Stego Slab S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Summit Chimney T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Take A Chance On Me S 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Tap Root S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Tastes Like Chicken S,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Tempting the Guillotine T 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Tired of Talus T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Top 40 T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Twittin Shinkies T,S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Two Sides of Purple, The T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Uncertain S 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Under the Boardwalk S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Unemployment Line T,S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Unknown T 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Unknown face L of Seamed S 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Visible Panty Line T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Wake of the Flood T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Walk on the Wide Side 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Warsteiner S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Welcome to Anexia T 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Willow Whip T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Yogini S,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Zig Zag S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
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Access Issue: RAIN, WET ROCK and RAPTOR CLOSURES: The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Also please ask and be aware of Raptor Closures in areas such as CAT WALL and RESERVOIR WALL in Indian Creek Details
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Description

A classic slab marked by thin cruxes and tip-toe foot work. This climb will require balance and a little confidence. Fairly well protected, this tenuous route has only one definite crux, but plenty of "heads-up climbing" everywhere else. A wandering line with good movement and mass appeal. A great lead and a really nice climb!

While the grade has been debated, 5.10a/b (E1 5b for our visitors) seems to be the benchmark. Your size, reach, and skill will become a prime factor when coming to your own consensus; expect fluctuations.

Protection

Six to eight draws lead to a two-bolt anchor.

Location

Located further down the road towards the petroglyphs, Steel Your Face can be found immediately off the road and 30 feet left of a School Room style slab area. It is directly left of a vegeteted section of the wall which is home to Puppy Love.
Your mileage may vary! Sandy friction -- I thought SYF was no giveaway at 5.10a. Try Puppy Love, the nice 5.9 next door, as an easier warmup if you're new to this rock. Apr 9, 2002
"good beginner/intermediate lead", bullshit! Just did this two days ago and thought it was solid 10a. It's dusty, and the holds are all rounded. I could believe this was easier before the masses climbed it when the edges were more squared, but I found it to be insecure and slippery for a good portion of the route. The crux was all that and sequential. Good route however, can top rope many routes from the top. Sep 30, 2004
martin kocsis
  5.10b
martin kocsis  
  5.10b
Crikey! suggestions of 5.9 or whatever need to be taken with a pinch of salt. in 2 weeks of moab climbing, this was the hardest single move i pulled off (with such style too!)...harder than the kor-ingalls offwidth (can you compare two such routes?) and a walk in the park compared to nervous in suburbia. perhaps the "good for beginners" comment is due to the extremely friendly bolting. the crux move is english 6a.cheerio! Apr 8, 2005
Matt McMurray
Castle Rock, CO
  5.10a/b
Matt McMurray   Castle Rock, CO
  5.10a/b
I found this route to be a solid 5.10 when I recently climbed it. I agree that several of the holds must have rounded etc. It was quite sandy, and the crux seemed reachy to me. The first bolt is a bit high, but relatively easy climbing to get to it. Funny thing about slab climbing... it always seems/looks easier from the bottom. =) Nov 27, 2006
Abandoned User
5.10a/b
Abandoned User  
5.10a/b
I think this was harder than 5.10a on lead. You have to compare to other routes in the area. I personally think it was at least a letter grade harder than Nervous in S. Very balancy, much longer and broken hold on the crux. Jun 3, 2007
Daniel Crescenzo
  5.10a
Daniel Crescenzo  
  5.10a
10a for sure. Thin moves. Oct 8, 2007
One of my favorites in the area for sure, although it feels just a bit harder every year. So many fun, tenuous, just barely there moves.
Be sure to TR the arete to the left, it is amazing, definitely worth taking a lap up. Oct 15, 2007
Andy VanHouten
Park City, UT
Andy VanHouten   Park City, UT
Interesting climb, super sandy at the bottom, but gets better as you get higher. Wouldn't rate this any harder than 10a, but it's no gimme. At least there are no pockets to get filled with sand....give it a whirl if you're in the area.... May 11, 2009
Rob Davies UK
Cheshire, UK
  5.10b
Rob Davies UK   Cheshire, UK
  5.10b
Excellent slab climb. Thin crux by bolt #5 and clipping bolt #7 is a long reach and balancy. UK grade E1 5c, like a much longer version of the Brush Off at Helsby but a lot safer. Oct 16, 2010
Jon Marek
Sioux Falls, SD
 
Jon Marek   Sioux Falls, SD
 
If you can do the first moves, you can climb this route...but there may be a moment of doubt near bolt five. Gotta have faith in those feet. Would be classic if it didn't feel so sandy. Nov 27, 2012
Tyson Waldron
Reno, NV
 
Tyson Waldron   Reno, NV
 
If you like controlled, static, technical slab climbing, do not skip this one!! Nov 22, 2013
Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
  5.10c R
Tony B   Around Boulder, CO
  5.10c R
The moves just below the first both could really hurt you if you are not solid at the 5.10 sandy slab grade...
And I think persistent traffic on this climb has made it harder. Oct 14, 2014
Rick Vermeil
Erie, CO
  5.10b/c PG13
Rick Vermeil   Erie, CO
  5.10b/c PG13
Great sustained slab climbing! The hardware spacing and condition do not inspire confidence. Apr 7, 2015
Nope, definitely not a 10a. Maybe years and years ago, but I'd honestly say this is now in the high 10 or low 11 range. It wasn't too dirty or sandy, just very thin and rounded. Protection was decent, although some hangers are quite old. Nov 13, 2015
DaveB
 
DaveB  
 
Be sure you're sandy-slab-ready when deciding to lead this one. Coolness and patience will be a virtue. +1 on height and reach challenges for some. Jul 30, 2016
Rachel Fifer
Denver, CO
 
Rachel Fifer   Denver, CO
 
The 4th bolt is loose. Aug 9, 2017
Mark Says
Aspen, CO
  5.10a/b
Mark Says   Aspen, CO
  5.10a/b
Lots of slab practice over the week made this one possible for me. There's at least one bolt where I couldn't find a comfortable clip of any kind and had to just slap it on there before I face planted and slid slowly back downhill. I'd do this again, and I'm not a fan of slab. Oct 10, 2017
Marshal Foster
  5.10c PG13
Marshal Foster  
  5.10c PG13
5.9-5.10a climbing until the 5th bolt or so. There are no features nearby and it turns into some very tricky slab with no hands and terrible feet. Jun 2, 2018

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